A welcome break in my travels, Santa Rosa Lake state park. I had booked one night, but after arriving booked a total of three.
Peace, solitude, the beauty of the high desert with a lake in its midst. The weather sunny with a light breeze.
On my second day, I took the kayak out for a paddle.
Quiet beauty of a high desert lake with a rich blue endless sky
Santa Rosa Lake, New Mexico ~ created by a dam on the Pecos River
From my kayak I saw Autumn Foliage out in its full glory.
I leisured in seeing the sun-struck waters off my bow. An afternoon idyll, timeless; etching its memory on all the senses.
Then out of my reverie came a swimming sea serpent: a diamondback rattlesnake. I called her, Dona Serpiente (Lady Serpent), swimming just off the starboard bow of my kayak.
Oddly, I have never…